Health Is Vital
Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
There is more to know about hand hygiene than you would think. First, poor hand hygiene is the number one cause of the spread of infectious disease in a hospital system. When you wash your hand you should no skimp on the soap, not the time. To prevent chapping or side effects form lots of washing you should pat your hands dry over rubbing them dry. Also after washing your hands you should turn the water off with a towel rather than touch the handle and get your hands dirty again. Rings are not recommended while working. They have sharp edges which can cause injury. Germs seem to gather under a ring. And finally those who wear a ring have a tendency to wash their hands less often.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
The most important detail here is to be aware if you work with hazardous material you are entitled to see the Material Safety Data Sheets. These sheets include identification of the material, identifies the manufacturer, safe handling, description and what to do for crisis situations. I don't work directly with these materials but they are around at home and at work. It is best to know what you are doing when using them
Working in county with people from all over the world it is important to have respect for people from all cultures. I like one of the standards suggested, remember that people are individuals even inside their culture. Other suggestions include showing respect for all people, know how your own culture influences you, be sensitive to the culture of others, provide services in a native language or through interpreter if necessary. Culture includes customs, language, religion, ethnicity, heritage and community.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
This hits home in my life right now as I heal from a burn on my back after lighting myself on fire. Fire is something you have to be carful with, and there are many sources of burns in our homes and at work. Fire requires three things, heat, oxygen and fuel. You fight fire by removing one of these things. When you discover a fire in the hospital RACE--Rescue or remove those at risk, Initiate alert system, Contain the fire (such as closing door) and Extinguish. As for using the extinguisher pull the pin, aim at the base, squeeze the handle and sweep from side to side.
The things I took from this training is that the two most important methods to avoid spreading germs and disease is to wash you hands frequently and the second is to cough correctly; not into you hand but into the crook of your elbow. Being aware of these two measure will go a long way to prevent the spread of disease.
I always have about 20 e-trainings to do each year. I also have to get checked door TB annually, and got my poke yesterday, to be read tomorrow. Risk of Tb is greater for those from countries with high tuberculosis, those with low resistance, and for those in close contact with others, such as in group settings or in jail. Regular checks are important for these people. Also of importance is the rapid increase in treatment-resistive tuberculosis. For this reason it is important to verify that people take their medication.
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
|bolsa des reciclar. Puede cerarse.|
The idea behind this pamphlet is that if you dump your oil in the gutter (which flows to the ocean eventually) then you are making it so everyone has to play in your used oil. It suggest using a recycle station as an alternative. By recycling used oil and oil filters (which can contain 45 percent oil by weight) we can protect the environment and prevent water pollutions, public health situations and preserve natural resources. Of course if you have your oil changed at a shop, this does not apply.
|This is a sealable bag for you used oil filter.|
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Early patient engagement tied to psychosis outcomes by Whitney McKnight Clinical Psychiatry News Nov 2015; from the American Journal of Psychiatry
This article concludes Integrated, patient-centered treatment delivered earlier in people with first-episode psychosis leads to better outcomes than standard community care. Dr. Thomas R. Insel outgoing director of the National Institute of Mental health said, “These results demonstrate the importance of early detection, early engagement, and integrated care following the onset of psychosis.” This is based on a study by RAISE, Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode. Key clinical point is that early integrated treatment for firs-episode psychosis delivered in a community setting can help patients stay functional and productive. Also quality of life is improved as demonstrated by Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale for Shizophrenia.
There is hope, but early intervention is vital. This seems a common theme for many illnesses.
Does psychiatric treatment prevent suicide: by Dinah Miller M.D.Clinical Psychiatry News, November 2015.
The title of this article presents an interesting question. More than ever Americans take antidepressants. However more than ever, Americans commit suicide. The medications are effective in treating depression, and with depression suicidal thoughts. However, the statistics do not match for some reason. 40,000 Americans died of suicide in 2013. At the same time 11 percent of Americans over the age of 12 take antidepressant medication. It would seem these two stats are at odds with each other. The author points out it is hard to have a closed sample where study of why this would be can take place. However, studies are beginning to show that medications with talk therapy are an effective means of preventing suicide and treating depression. [personal thoughts on the topic and I am not a doctor; sometimes antidepressants work on increasing energy, which is also a symptom of depression, before dealing with the suicidal ideation. The low energy often keeps patients from acting on suicidal thoughts. However with increased energy, and if these suicidal thoughts aren’t adequately dealt with in therapy or treatment, there is a period where patients are at risk.] The conclusion is that more study needs to be done to figure out why these statistics are not congruent. However combining therapy with medications greatly reduces the risk of suicide.